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David Walton, a physician on the front lines of the global health care crisis, will discuss Haiti’s post-earthquake challenges at the Jepson Leadership Forum Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Jepson Alumni Center at the University of Richmond.

Walton teaches medicine at Harvard Medical School and is associate director of the Hôpital de Lascahobas in Haiti. Since 1997, Walton has worked extensively in Haiti with the pioneering Dr. Paul Farmer, an anthropologist and physician who specializes in infectious disease. Farmer founded Partners in Health, a model program for health care delivery in at-risk nations. The Boston-based nonprofit provides health care options for the poor in Haiti, Peru, Russia, Lesotho, Malawi and Rwanda.

PIH’s work was the subject of Tracy Kidder's 2003 book “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World,” a book frequently used in courses on justice, social change, and international relations.

The hospital in Haiti Walton runs is the largest in the region, handling some two million patient visits a year and providing care at no charge.

Walton will talk about heath care as a human right and how Partners in Health helps answer some of the grave challenges facing the poorest nation in the world.

Tickets are free but required. Reservations can be made at www.jepson.richmond.edu/forum/ticketinfo or by calling 804-287-6335. For group tickets, call 804-287-6627.